Food4Macc is a voluntary group that aims to ensure that food growing skills are retained,
making us more resilient to fluctuations in the price and availability of our food.

Latest News

Support for Schools

Over the years, Food4Macc has supported food growing teaching in 12 local schools.
If your school has a project in mind see more

Review of 2021

Best laid plans etc.........More Details.

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Coming Up

Our Three Main Activities

Community Gardens

Grow your own food as part of a friendly group, and
learn from experienced gardeners.

Our volunteers also help build new vegetable gardens and orchards, and advise on their maintenance. more

Garden Sharing

Bypass the allotment waiting list!
We match up gardeners with disused vegetable plots.

more details

Watch the Food4Macc gardenshare video
See the Video

Buy Local Food

We have published an
 updated on-line directory
of local food sources

The web page separately lists Retailers, Producers, and has an interactive Google Map.

If you want to know where you can get a particular brand that was previously sold by Food4MaccDirect, we have published a table in the form of a PDF file that you can print and share.

Some of us just take pleasure in seeing things grow, like having control over what goes into our food, or enjoy taking exercise outside. Our group shares experience and practical support. It's fun!

This website contains links to local food producers, and advice on growing your own fruit and veg, and keeping bees and chickens.

Food4Macc aims to engage members of the community to develop local food supplies
using these strategies from the Transition Town movement:-

Over 7 million tons of food is thrown away each year, costing each household £50 a month.

The Love Food Hate Waste website offers lots of simple tips to reduce food waste

What's it all about?

We have become dependent on oil for fertilisers and for fuel to transport our food from distant sources.

Today about 40% of the food we eat is imported. That includes an astounding 95% of our fruit and most of the wheat in our bread.

This reliance on food from abroad is perilous. During the 2000 fuel strike, Sainsbury's chief executive wrote to the prime minister to warn that food supplies would run out "in days rather than weeks". Supermarkets rationed bread, sugar and milk.

Meanwhile, cheap high-quality fruit and veg in the supermarkets have discouraged us from growing our own food. Children no-longer learn these skills from their parents, and small farms have become non-viable.

If we look 10 or 20 years ahead, we can anticipate that higher oil costs will reverse these trends and it seems like a good idea to plan accordingly; to encourage local growing of food, and to reduce our dependence on oil-derived fertilisers.

Individuals may feel impotent in the face of this coming storm, but communities working together can be powerful. Some 150 towns around the UK have started "Transition Town" movements, which have demonstrated how much can be achieved.

Typical strategies include making disused land available for allotments, ensuring that food-growing skills are re-learned and practiced, planting of fruit trees in public places; encouraging supermarkets to promote locally grown produce. etc.

We have a short Powerpoint presentation which you view as slideshow or as a printable pdf document.

Our Short History

Our interest in this subject was kindled by a Sunday Times article by John Paul Flintoff in April 2009, and we started to sound-out our friends. Download the Sunday Times article as a PDF file here

Vist to Incredible Edible Todmorden July 2009

In June and July we visited Incredible-Edible Todmorden
and transition town Leek

We decided that rather than aiming to be a Transition Town we would first of all see what we could do about food miles.

We held the first of a series of monthly public meeting at the end of September 2009 and began work on our first community garden at Prestbury Beaumont in December 2009.

Current Status

  • We have established seven community gardens and are supporting a community orchard project.
  • We have matched up fourteen owners of disused vegetable gardens with people to cultivate them under our Garden Share scheme.
  • We are developing links with the council, trade associations, and other "green" organisations in the area.
  • We have a formal constitution and public liability insurance in place.
  • HMRC accept us as a charitable organisation entitled to reclaim Gift Aid on donations received.
  • We use local press and community radio stations to publicise our work.
  • A directory and map of local food sources is published on our website.
  • A foraging map shows sources of food in public places such as blackberries and apple trees.
  • See our promotional videos page

Learn more

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